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ERIC Number: EJ831777
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0267-6583
"Units of Comparison" across Languages, across Time
Thomas, Margaret
Second Language Research, v25 n2 p325-333 2009
Lardiere's keynote article adverts to a succession of "units of comparison" that have been employed in the study of cross-linguistic differences, including mid-twentieth-century structural patterns, generative grammar's parameters, and (within contemporary Minimalism) features. This commentary expands on the idea of units of cross-linguistic comparison, first by developing Lardiere's observations about recent scholarship and, second, by identifying some earlier reflexes of the notion. I close by suggesting that thinking about "units of comparison" across time prepares us to better appreciate a feature-based conceptualization of L2 acquisition, and its likely trajectory.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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